This is one thing many people tend to make mistakes with. They go-ahead to purchase a washing machine, washer, or dryer, and realize on arrival that the appliance doesn’t fit through their door.
I remember very well how a similar situation got one of my neighbors stranded for several hours.
The delivery guys came with installers, and they had to take the washing machine inside the house and get it installed, but the washing machine wouldn’t fit through the door.
At the end of all the struggles, they had to return the washing machine to the store. And that will definitely go against my neighbor, as she will have to still pay for the delivery fee and other fees bringing the washing machine there might have incurred.
It is a good thing that you’re here to check if the washing machine you intend to buy will go through your door.
Whether a washing machine will fit through a door is something that shouldn’t be guessed.
To conclude on your quest of wanting to know if the washing machine you intend to buy will go through your door, you should take measurements. You will have to know the dimensions of both the door and the washing machine.
And if you’re to visit the shop and make the purchase on your own, you take along the measurement. And see to it you’re served with the right and needed dimensions.
And if it’s an online purchase, you either hand over your door dimensions to the customer care or you make your own analysis with your measurement and the provided dimensions of the washing machine you intend to purchase.
How Wide Does a Door Need To Be For a Washing Machine?
There isn’t any specific door or door size that is needed for a washing machine to fit through.
Small-sized washing machines can pass through small doors with ease. So how wide will be okay for a washing machine will be dependent on the size of the washing machine?
Let’s take the 36 inches (width) door for instance, which is the standard door size for most American houses. And in considering the size of a door that a washing machine can go through, you only focus on the width, as the height always has no problem.
With the 36 inches standard size for an American door, a standard-sized washing machine which is about 27 inches by width can easily go through.
So for a washing machine to go through a door, it should be at least 32 inches in width. This will be fine for even a standard-sized washing machine of 27 inches width to fit through without any difficulty.
Most laundry rooms normally go with this size for their doors, and it has been so without any struggle in getting a washing machine through it.
What Do I Do If My Washing Machine Doesn’t Fit Through My Door?
It is so unfortunate to have this experience, as it’s a situation I don’t think anyone will wish it happen to them.
As it stands now, the washing machine has been delivered and standing right in front of the door, but all efforts to get it fit through the door have proved futile.
When something like this happens, you will begin to have many thoughts, as to whether to return the washing machine or appliance, or dismantle the door to get your way in, or even dismantle the washing machine to enable it to fit through and later assemble it.
There are few options you will be faced with within this very state. So let’s go through all the possible options and see which of them will help us. The options we’ve got now, that is;
- Returning the washing machine to the shop
- Dismantling the door
- Dismantling the washing machine
Before you think of returning the washing machine to the shop, you should try the other options that are dismantling either the door or the washing machine itself first.
And if none of them are able to help solve the issue, then we will be left with the only option of returning it.
Dismantling the door
You first start by taking the door out of its frame. This should help in a way by providing additional space.
Take the new measurement and compare it with that of the washing machine to see if it will now fit through it.
If that doesn’t work, then you will be left to take the whole door’s frame off. This will add up to the available space.
You again take another measurement and go through the comparison stage again to see if it will fit through now.
If it doesn’t go through this time around too then you let go of this option and move on to the other alternate option.
Dismantling the washing machine
With this option, you dismantle some parts of the washing machine in order to reduce the size.
The outer parts of the washing machine are unscrewed and removed to make it sizeable. Much care should be taken into consideration when doing this.
You take your time and remove the outer parts that are removable. If you’re able to attain a size that can go through the door after removing some parts then you stop.
You then take it to where it’s supposed to be positioned, be it the laundry room or kitchen. The removed parts are then screwed back to where they used to be.
This approach should only be utilized when you’re much certain you’ll be able to attain your goal of getting the washing machine through the door.
This is because there are most shops that wouldn’t give a refund or accept the appliance back after you’ve removed some parts and later fixed them back.
If you’re unable to get the washing machine through the door after going through all these, then you will be left no other option than to return it to the shop and request for a refund or change of appliance.
And as I mentioned earlier, once the appliance is returned, you’re surely going to incur some additional cost to the overall cost of the washing machine.
It will unrealistic to say a washing machine can go through a door without any kind of measurement.
Your guess could be right, but there’s a high possibility that your guess could also be wrong.
To avoid the issue of getting stranded with the washing machine in front of your door, and having the only options of dismantling either your washing machine or door, you need to take the measurement of both doors and compare it with the washing machine you’re to purchase.
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